Transdisciplinarity in Corporate Sustainability: Mapping the Field
Business Strategy and the Environment, Forthcoming
Posted: 2 Nov 2012
Date Written: March 31, 2013
Sustainability challenges are complex. So are the challenges that business firms encounter in their corresponding quest for corporate sustainability. Given this complexity, there is a need for new approaches to corporate sustainability management research. We discuss transdisciplinarity as such a novel approach in three steps. After showing that specialization is the primary conventional response to increasing complexity, we first briefly compare how inter-, multi-, and trans-disciplinarity reintegrate decentral, specialized knowledge. The second step describes how the emerging sustainability science has recently advanced the transdisciplinary methodology. Based on the two dimensions of interdisciplinarity and academia-practice collaboration, we thirdly, generate a framework for mapping existing research approaches in terms of their transdisciplinary qualities. We use this framework to identify room for novel methodologies in sustainability management research.
Keywords: Corporate Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Management, Transdisciplinarity, Interdisciplinarity, Research methods
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